Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Post - 9/21/14

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It's a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Whew! I worked 12- to 14-hour days this week, and barely had time to moderate comments on the blog, let alone answer any or visit anyone else.  I'll try to catch up this week. But the good news is, the project is done and turned in, and I've got a little window before the next few come along. I plan to rebuild my blogging "cushion" (posts I can pull out whenever I need them) and work on getting ahead on scheduled posts, as well.

Last night I was decadent (*giggle*) -- as soon as I got the project turned in, I climbed into my PJs, heated up some soup, and spent the evening reading and knitting. Heaven! And so relaxing.

Last week on the blog: 


http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6609744-kat-incorrigible


The coming week:



  • Mon. 9/21/14: The Spiritglass Charade (early review)
  • Tues. 9/23/14: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List  (Top Ten Tuesday)
  • Wed. 9/24/14: In the Dragon's Eye:   (W.O.W.)
  • Thur. 9/25/14: Wednesdays in the Tower (review) (tentative)
  • Fri. 9/26/14: TBD
  • Sat. 9/27/14:  News & Notes - 9/27/14
  • Plus, on Friday (or sometime this week), I'll be over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for a guest post! Kimba's taking a little time off while her daughter gets married (congratulations!)

New additions to the hoard: 

(Cover links go to Goodreads)

For review:  
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17402724-beastkeeperhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20702318-the-shocking-secret-of-a-guest-at-the-wedding
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22333713-fairy-homes-and-gardens

(for review)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22436301-chorus-lines-caviar-and-corpses

(for review consideration)

Bought or free for my Kindle:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17084242-the-clockwork-scarabhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15852286-into-the-firehttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19438002-among-the-unseen

I read and reviewed The Clockwork Scarab as an ARC; it went on sale because book 2 is coming out (I'll be reviewing book 2 this week). I grabbed it in case I need to re-read the series whenever book 3 comes out.  I have book 1 of the Jodi McIsaac series, so when the second and third went on sale, I picked them up even though I haven't read the first one yet.


http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22092509-uncertain-magichttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10101601-caveat-emptor

Both of these went on sale. I've heard good things about Laura Kinsale and the Amazon reviews looked good. And I've got one or two of Ruth Downie's Roman-era mystery series already, and have been meaning to start reading them.


Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

News & Notes - 9/20/14

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

I had a spectacularly busy week on the non-blogging front, so this week's News & Notes is a little sparse, but there are some interesting links. Have fun!
 

Books & Ebooks in the News:




Worth Reading/Listening to: 



Literary Losses:


Graham Joyce. Photo: Gollancz
Graham Joyce, author of a number of dark fantasy novels and several YA novels, died two weeks ago on Sept. 9, 2014, at the age of 59. Joyce is perhaps best known for The Tooth Fairy and Some Kind of Fairy Tale. His newest book, The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, had just been released in August in the U.S. (It was published last year in Britain as The Year of the Ladybird.)

Obituaries: The Los Angeles Times; The Guardian;  Locus Online; i09. You can also read some of Joyce's blog posts on writing, cancer, and life on his website.


Book & Movie Announcements:


David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tommy and Tuppence Beresford

  • There's another BBC Agatha Christie adaption in the works. This time, they'll be doing some of the Tommy and Tuppence mysteries - The Secret Adversary and N or M.  It will be interesting to see what they do with them. The first book takes place immediately post-WWI, while the second takes place during WWII; I can't think how they can take the characters from early 20s to middle-age in one fell swoop, but I also can't quite figure out how they could adapt the plots to fall closer together in time. The costumes look a bit 1940s to me. At least they've got Tuppence's hat fetish right! I loved the original Tommy & Tuppence series with Francesca Annis and James Warwick, but I'll try to approach the new miniseries with an open mind. (See also this article from The Telegraph.)

Awesome lists: 



Just for fun:  




Bookish Quotes:




That's it for this week!

I'm always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email -- my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (review)

Description: 
Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them.

But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost.

If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?
 

Review:


A delightful historical fantasy romp! Kat is, indeed, incorrigible - in the most amusing and charming of ways. At 12 years old, Kat is about as far from biddable and ladylike as you can get, which causes her stepmother and elder sisters no small measure of aggravation. Courageous, indomitable, independent, and possessed of a imagination and a strong belief in her own intelligence and invulnerability, Kat is determined to learn her mother's magic and protect her family - especially when it comes to her sister's prospective marriage to a man rumored to have killed his first wife.

Burgis takes many of the Regency clichés, blends them with magic, throws in a generous dash of humor, and serves them up in a tale that's completely appropriate for children but will also appeal to adults, especially those familiar with the Regency oeuvre. It's a marvelous mixture sure to bring a smile to your face, and would be a wonderful story to read aloud to your children.

Favorite quote:

     I was 12 years old when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin.
     I made it almost to the end of my front garden.
 
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Rating: 4 stars

Category: MG fantasy
Series: Kat Incorrigible #1
Publisher: Athenium Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)
Release date: Apr. 5, 2011
Book source: public library

About the author:  I grew up in America, but now I live in Wales with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our sons, "Mr Darcy" and "Baby X", and our crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. My MG Regency fantasy trilogy is being published in the UK and North America, under different titles. My most recent book in the US & Canada is STOLEN MAGIC (Kat Book 3), which was first published in the UK as A RECKLESS MAGICK. I've also published more than thirty short stories for adults in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts.  (biography source: Goodreads)

Connect with the author:
Website      Blog      Facebook      Twitter (@stephanieburgis)      Goodreads

Challenges:


http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2014-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/